Bush pleads for patience for failed war

President George W. Bush, trying to tap into Independence Day patriotism to rally support for an unpopular war, appealed on Wednesday for American patience and resolve in Iraq.

In a Fourth of July holiday speech at a West Virginia Air National Guard base, Bush said “we all long for the day” when there are fewer U.S. troops in Iraq but insisted that more time is needed for his Iraq strategy to work.

“Victory in this struggle will require more patience, more courage and more sacrifice,” Bush, flanked by a giant American flag, told a crowd of more than 1,000 National Guard personnel and family members gathered inside an aircraft hangar.

With approval ratings at the lows of his presidency, Bush is under increasing pressure for positive results from a U.S. troop buildup in Iraq as he seeks to prevent further defections by fellow Republicans skeptical of his handling of the war.

The administration’s sense of urgency has increased in the countdown to a much-awaited September progress report on a Baghdad security crackdown spearheaded by deployment of about 28,000 additional troops since the start of the year.

Amid unrelenting bloodshed in Iraq and scant signs of progress by the Iraqi government in meeting political benchmarks, the White House has sought to temper any expectations of rapid strides from the troop increase.

Democrats controlling Congress have made clear they hope to use the September report as a lever to push for a timetable for troop withdrawal, something Bush has firmly rejected.

“That time will come when the Iraqi people will not need the help of 159,000 American troops in their country,” Bush said. “Yet withdrawing our troops prematurely based on politics, not on the advice and recommendation of our military commanders, would not be in our national interest.”

“It would hand the enemy a victory and put America’s security at risk, and that’s something we’re not going to do.”

Calling today’s U.S. troops the “successors” to Revolutionary soldiers who fought for American independence, Bush noted it took them six more years after the first anniversary of Independence Day to end the war with Britain.

The Iraq war has dragged into its fifth year with no end in sight and growing public opposition at home. As the 2008 presidential campaign revs up, some of Bush’s fellow Republicans are increasingly at odds with him over the war.


  1. Renbook

    In 2003 President Bush rushed into war, even as weapons inspectors were in Iraq. If he had had patience then, to let the inspectors do their job, America would not have to pay for a trillion dollar war, or weep for 3600 dead soldiers. And America would not have the shame of killing 100,000 innocent Iraqis.

    Now Bush asks for patience for his war. I don’t think I have any patience left.

    Gene Berkman

  2. kent shaw

    I saw part of that speech. He also brought out his favorite canard that if we don’t stay and finish the job they will follow us here. That just makes me gnash my teeth. How are they going to get here? By way of the vast Iraqi air force and navy. Perhaps they will land in Mexico and just walk in over the completely undefended southern border.

  3. LurkingFromTheLeft

    He really DOES –

    …think he is King George the 43rd –

    …time for these ‘subjects’ to revolt again –

    …the situation is already too revolting to stomach –


  4. Steve Horn

    More sacrifice – I suppose that translates into more body bags filled, more young lives destroyed and more families in mourning – just what ‘sacrifices’ are being made by the “first family” to bring GW’s dream of global domination to reality? Are his daughters enlisting in the military so they can go fight his war? How about the children and grand children of those “hawks” in the congress or in other administration offices?

    Funny how willing Georgie and Dickie are to sacrifice other people – apparently this courage for war came to them late in life – it sure as hell didn’t slap ’em in the face during Vietnam, and the concept of obligation and sacrifice in war seems to have missed their kids as well.

  5. lackeylocal

    This is just a REHASH of the speech from last year in West Virginia. Nothing has changed — same fear mongering.

    Poor Shrub — He thinks if he repeats something long enough , over & over people will believe it. Note that his audiences are always pre-selected.

    You can FOOL some of the people some of the time but not ALL of the people ALL the time – George.

  6. Sandra Price

    We have only one message to send to Washington in 2008 and that is to replace all our Congressmen and work like the devil to keep the Republican candidates from getting enough votes to even put them on the ballot. That is our revolution.

    Even if the fear of terrorism in America is real, we must plan for it as our government will not. They were asleep on 9/11 and they still are asleep. We all need a backup to the Homeland Security who will try to control all our actions if we are hit again.

    Bush needs to learn a lesson that we are not living in fear of anything. I had over 20 years in the Red Cross and in the fire and earthquake zones in California we had many tests of our evacuation procedures and I can only hope every district in America is doing the same thing.

  7. Bill Jonke

    How many times is Bush going to trot the same old emaciated horse for us to view?

    It’s time for us to just ignore it. He can orate vapid sweet nothings in his own ears for the rest of his term; anybody who believes him at all needs to do some brain exercises or perhaps get out from underneath the bed.

  8. SEAL

    It’s revealing when a president only feels safe giving his speaches at military installations or from the heavily guarded safety of the White House. He has become a prisoner of his own making.

  9. Bill Robinson

    The traitor is milking the war for all the money he and his fellow turncoat, Cheney, can stuff into their carpetbags.\
    Impeach them both NOW.\
    Bill Robinson